Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Return of the Earth Element

On Dec 16 Lynn made the following point: “There has been a serious dearth of the earth element over the past six or seven years, resulting in an environment that lacks stability and structure. With Saturn now in Virgo and Jupiter and Pluto moving into Capricorn that situation is being remedied to the extreme. We will see a more conservative approach to all things, not necessarily political conservatism, but a conservatism that demands restraint and patience rather than the reckless and impulsive actions which have dominated the Jupiter and Pluto in Sagittarius era.”

All the inner planets from the Sun through to Mars have, of course, been making their regular passages through the earth signs. But the planets from Jupiter outwards are increasingly less personal and more concerned with collective trends. And none of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto have been in earth signs since Neptune finally left Capricorn in late 1998. These are the truly collective planets, and we have been without earth in this respect for a long time now. Pluto is not yet in Capricorn, and won’t be established there till later this year.

So it is no surprise, for example, that it has been impossible to establish an international agreement on the environment and climate change. The earth element is concerned with the facts on the ground (to borrow an unfortunate Israeli expression). If earth is lacking, then these facts don’t count for very much, they don’t impact. The Kyoto protocol was agreed in 1997 – the last gasp of Neptune in Capricorn – but has since proved impossible to implement.

Incredibly, in 2003 the US went to war in Iraq without a proper plan as to what to do afterwards, and without reasons that could be backed up by facts. During the 90s, with Neptune and Uranus in Capricorn, the US had been able to restrain itself.

Since 1998, we have had 2 financial bubbles: the dotcom bubble of 2000, when stocks prices in the newly established dotcom sector went way over the top, causing a hangover for the US economy, that Bill Clinton urged Americans to spend their way out of (not exactly a down-to-earth solution); and now there has been a credit bubble, in which banks have lent huge amounts of money in irresponsible ways and passed the buck all over the world, so no-one knows who is liable; and in which consumers have also built up large amounts of debt.

The downside of earth is that the imagination can get stifled, everything becomes defined by what seem to be fixed practical limitations and traditions. This time of no earth has also been the period in which the internet has taken off in all sorts of ways that couldn’t have been predicted, unhampered by too much legislation or financial limitations (it can still be pretty much free to get your stuff out there). So this has been a positive outcome, the imagination has had free rein. It can be seen as the result of the mutual reception between Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius, which still has a few years to run.

But I think we urgently need the earth element back, even though it may mean, for example, that we get charged to set up a blog, or to continue running a successful one.

The reason we need the earth element back is because of the huge crises around the corner – energy needs, environmental degradation, nuclear proliferation – any one of which could threaten our survival. These issues need addressing, and we need the earth element to do so. We need to be able to address facts. Politically they are now on the agenda, but not much has been done practically, and nor have any of these issues yet seriously interfered with our everyday lives. Life is still carrying on as normal, but it’s only a matter of time before it won’t be able to carry on as normal – because the price of energy has soared, because of flooded cities and crop destruction and hurricanes, or because a nuclear armed Islamist Pakistan is holding the Middle East to ransom.

OK, that’s all a bit alarmist, but there are these huge issues that we can all see, whose time is almost upon us. If anything can force us to see sense collectively, it is Pluto in Capricorn: the empowerment (Pluto) of practical sense (Capricorn). As Uranus comes up to square this Pluto in a few years time, we will find some surprising solutions to our collective problems.

I am quite optimistic about Pluto’s passage through Capricorn, because it is so timely, and because the Ingress Chart looks so good: Pluto conjunct the 2 Benefics, Venus and Jupiter, and trine to earthy Saturn in earthy Virgo. OK, we will probably get over-conservative and cautious, but at least we will be doing more of what is necessary to ensure our survival.

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Anonymous said...

Well done, Capricorn to the rescue! maybe just in time.
She does have her good points, and thank you for that focus

Anonymous said...

As well as being able to start a blog for free, all of us have grown accustomed in a VERY short space of time into taking access for virtually all information as free online.

One thing I think would be excellent is if Google (or whoever) brought out a very simple and quick way to get paid for their blogs. This would work as a micropayment system. For example, at the moment I mainly read this blog, and about 20 others, through Google reader. I have them all loaded up as RSS feeds, and they all constantly update, like my own personalised real-time magazine. Now, whilst I wouldn't want to pay as much as £1 a week per blog, I might be willing, for my favourite blogs, to pay a few pence per week. Especially if there was a high level of quality and regular updates. Now, a few pence might not sound much, but multiplied over a large number of readers and it becomes more substantial. And from a technical point of view this would be SOOOO EASY for Google to do. They're already used to systems which deal with micro-payments (ie google adwords). It would then give writers some income from their work. Okay, so not all writers are that bothered by making a few extra pounds. But it would make a big difference to many.

Diane L said...

I quite agree with your assessment, DR. We are long overdue for this and I can already hear the pissing and moaning that is sure to result . . . :-)

Like your idea too, Darren. Again it makes sense for many to pay a very small amount. In fact, I'm starting to see PayPal Donate buttons showing up on more of my favorite blogs. I think your suggestions are better.

Anonymous said...

I am hoping that Pluto in Capricorn will make the fundamentalists calm down. They are the real threat to the world, whether Islamist or Evangelistic.
This year may be the last big shout for them, as they try to stop themselves from being changed.
Roll on 2009 for a bit of peace and quiet.

Lynn Hayes said...

DR, I love this and have linked to it today. But in my view it was George Bush and not Bill Clinton who urged Americans to spend their way out of the dot com bubble. Clinton after all was on his way out of office when the bubble really burst and after September 11 it was GWB who said, essentially, "spend money or the terrorists win."

Not that Clinton didn't have his downside, he after all was the big proponent of NAFTA which created its own set of problems.